Climate Report for November 2008

...DRY AND COOL NOVEMBER ACROSS EASTERN KENTUCKY...
...MUCH DRIER WITH NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR AUTUMN 2008...

DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUED TO PLAGUE EASTERN KENTUCKY...WITH BOTH THE
JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE AND THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT FINISHING
NOVEMBER MORE THAN ONE INCH BELOW NORMAL. NOVEMBER 2008 WAS THE 10TH
DRIEST NOVEMBER AT JACKSON AND THE 12TH DRIEST NOVEMBER AT LONDON.
LAST MONTH WAS COOL AS WELL AS JACKSON AND LONDON ENDED UP SEVERAL
DEGREES COOLER THAN NORMAL. IN FACT...JACKSON SAW LAST MONTH FINISH
AS THE 5TH COOLEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD...WHILE NOVEMBER 2008 WAS THE
7TH COOLEST NOVEMBER AT LONDON.

THE END OF NOVEMBER ALSO MARKED THE END OF METEOROLOGICAL FALL. EVEN
WITH A MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL NOVEMBER...AUTUMN ENDED UP AVERAGE
FOR BOTH LOCATIONS STRANGELY ENOUGH. THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE HAD
A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 57.7 DEGREES...WHICH IS AVERAGE. AT THE LONDON
CORBIN AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR AUTUMN WAS 57.1
DEGREES...WHICH IS NORMAL. THE BIG STORY IS ON THE PRECIPITATION
SIDE OF THE FENCE. BOTH LOCATIONS ENDED UP AROUND A HALF A FOOT
DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR THE SEASON. JACKSON ONLY MEASURED 5.16
INCHES...WELL BELOW THE NORMAL OF 11.15 INCHES. LONDON TOTALED ONLY
4.07 INCHES DURING FALL...MUCH DRIER THAN THE NORMAL OF 10.07
INCHES. FURTHERMORE...AUTUMN 2008 WAS THE DRIEST FALL ON RECORD AT
LONDON...BESTING THE PREVIOUS BENCHMARK OF 4.50 INCHES FROM 1963. IT
WAS THE 3RD DRIEST FALL AT JACKSON...ONLY BEHIND THE 4.32 INCHES
FROM 2001...AND THE 4.74 INCHES FROM 2005.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE NEAR JACKSON FINISHED NOVEMBER
2008 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 44.3 DEGREES...WHICH IS 3.4
DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 47.7 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH WAS
52.6 DEGREES...AND THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW WAS 36.0 DEGREES. NOVEMBER
2008 WAS THE FIFTH COOLEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE FOR NOVEMBER 2008 WAS 74 DEGREES...WHICH OCCURRED ON THE
6TH. NO DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED AT JACKSON
LAST MONTH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE LAST MONTH WAS 16 DEGREES ON THE
22ND...AND TIED THE DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR THAT DAY. A
DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE 19TH WITH A
READING OF 19 DEGREES. NO MAXIMUM LOW OR MINIMUM HIGH TEMPERATURE
RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED LAST MONTH. ALTHOUGH A HIGH OF 31 DEGREES
ON THE 21ST WAS ONLY ONE DEGREE OFF OF THE MINIMUM HIGH TEMPERATURE
RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER. THAT RECORD OF 30 DEGREES WAS
ATTAINED ON THE 21ST IN 1981 AND 2000...AS WELL AS NOVEMBER 27TH IN
2002.

THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE RECEIVED 3.03 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN
NOVEMBER 2008...WHICH IS 1.17 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 4.20
INCHES. THIS TOTAL PLACED NOVEMBER 2008 AS THE 10TH DRIEST NOVEMBER
ON RECORD. THERE WERE 13 DAYS WHEN A HUNDREDTH OF AN INCH OR MORE OF
PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED...AND SEVEN DAYS WHEN A TENTH OF AN INCH
OR MORE FELL. THERE WERE THREE DAYS WHEN AT LEAST A HALF AN INCH OF
RAIN WAS RECEIVED...AND NO DAYS WITH MORE THAN ONE INCH. THE DAY OF
THE 15TH NETTED 0.93 INCHES OF RAIN...WHICH WAS THE MOST RAINFALL
LOGGED IN A SINGLE DAY LAST MONTH. THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF
PRECIPITATION RECEIVED IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD WAS 1.02 INCHES ON THE
14TH THROUGH THE 15TH. 0.66 INCHES ON THE 24TH SET THE ONLY DAILY
PRECIPITATION RECORD FOR THE MONTH. THROUGH THE END OF
NOVEMBER...THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE HAS RECEIVED 33.64 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS 11.47 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE YEAR.
NINE OF THE 11 MONTHS SO FAR THIS YEAR HAVE ENDED UP WITH BELOW
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE DRIEST YEAR OCCURRED IN 2001 WITH A TOTAL
OF 34.37 INCHES...SO 2008 SHOULD NOT BE THE DRIEST YEAR...ALTHOUGH
IT HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF BEING IN THE TOP FIVE DRIEST YEARS OF ALL
TIME. JACKSON ALSO RECEIVED THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE
2008-09 SNOW SEASON. THE JACKSON WEATHER OFFICE TOTALED 2.1
INCHES...WHICH IS THE 3RD GREATEST SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH OF
NOVEMBER. 2.5 INCHES IN 1996 AND 5.1 INCHES IN 1995 ARE THE ONLY
SNOWIER NOVEMBERS. THE DAY OF THE 20TH SAW 1.1 INCHES OF SNOW WHICH
WAS THE MOST SNOW RECEIVED ON A CALENDAR DAY...WHILE 1.9 INCHES ON
THE 20TH TO THE 21ST WAS THE MOST SNOW RECEIVED IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.
THERE WERE THREE DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS LAST MONTH...THE 1.1 INCHES
ON THE 20TH...0.8 INCHES ON THE 21ST AND THE 0.1 INCHES OF THE 17TH.
A TRACE OF SNOWFALL ON THE 18TH TIED THE RECORD FOR THAT DAY AS WELL.

THUNDER WAS NOT HEARD LAST MONTH AT THE JACKSON WEATHER
OFFICE...WHICH IS BELOW THE AVERAGE FOR NOVEMBER OF 1.2 DAYS. THERE
WERE 11 DAYS WITH FOG...THREE OF WHICH FEATURED DENSE FOG.
NOVEMBER NORMALLY AVERAGES 3.7 DAYS OF DENSE FOG. 8,621 MINUTES OF
SUNSHINE WERE RECORDED LAST MONTH WHICH IS 47 PERCENT OF ALL
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE FOR THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED FOR NOVEMBER
WAS 3.6 MPH...AND THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF 37 MPH WAS RECORDED ON
NOVEMBER 24TH. THE MEAN WIND SPEED FOR NOVEMBER IS TYPICALLY 6.3
MPH.

NO COOLING DEGREE DAYS WERE RECORDED LAST MONTH...WHICH IS 1 COOLING
DEGREE DAY BELOW NORMAL. THE SEASONAL COOLING DEGREE DAY TOTAL IS
1115...WHICH IS 56 ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SEASON. THERE WERE 609
HEATING DEGREE DAYS RECORDED LAST MONTH...WHICH IS 87 HEATING DEGREE
DAYS ABOVE NORMAL. THE SEASON HEATING DEGREE DAY TOTAL IS NOW
881...WHICH IS 48 HEATING DEGREE DAYS ABOVE NORMAL.

AT THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 42.9
DEGREES...WHICH IS 4.0 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR NOVEMBER. THE
AVERAGE DAILY HIGH WAS 53.7 DEGREES...AND THE AVERAGE DAILY LOW WAS
32.2 DEGREES. NOVEMBER 2008 WAS THE 7TH COOLEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD
AT LONDON. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FROM LAST MONTH WAS 75
DEGREES...WHICH OCCURRED ON THE 4TH AND 5TH. NO HIGH TEMPERATURE
RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED AT LONDON LAST MONTH. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE FROM NOVEMBER 2008 WAS 13 DEGREES...AND HAPPENED ON THE
22ND. THE LOW OF 18 DEGREES ON THE 19TH ESTABLISHED THE ONLY LOW
TEMPERATURE RECORD LAST MONTH.

THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT RECORDED 2.77 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN
NOVEMBER 2008...WHICH IS 1.13 INCHES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 3.90
INCHES. THERE WERE 10 DAYS WHEN A HUNDREDTH OF AN INCH OR MORE
FELL...AND SIX DAYS WHEN A TENTH OF AN INCH OR MORE OF RAIN WAS
RECORDED. LONDON HAD THREE DAYS WITH AT LEAST A HALF AN INCH...AND
NO DAYS WITH MORE THAN ONE INCH. THE GREATEST DAILY AMOUNT WAS 0.58
INCHES AND OCCURRED ON THE 13TH...AND SET THE ONLY DAILY
PRECIPITATION RECORD FOR THE MONTH. THE MOST PRECIPITATION RECEIVED
IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD WAS 0.87 INCHES FROM THE 14TH TO THE 15TH. SO
FAR THIS YEAR...LONDON HAS RECEIVED 30.38 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION.
THIS AMOUNT IS 12.72 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE DRIEST YEAR AT LONDON
WAS 2007 WITH A TOTAL OF 32.98 INCHES...SO IF LONDON RECEIVES LESS
THAN 2.60 INCHES...2008 WILL BECOME THE DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD. ALSO
OF NOTE...NINE OF THE LAST 11 MONTHS HAVE ENDED UP BELOW NORMAL.
FURTHERMORE...EIGHT OF THE NINE DRIER THAN NORMAL MONTHS HAVE SEEN
DEFICITS GREATER THAN ONE INCH.

LONDON HAD NO DAYS WITH THUNDER LAST MONTH. ALSO...THERE WERE 12
DAYS WITH FOG...AND ONE DAY WITH DENSE FOG. THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED
FOR NOVEMBER 2008 WAS 4.0 MPH...WITH THE HIGHEST WIND GUST OF 37 MPH
RECORDED ON THE 24TH.

LONDON RECORDED 656 HEATING DEGREE DAYS LAST MONTH...WHICH IS 110
HEATING DEGREE DAYS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. THE SEASONAL
HEATING DEGREE DAY TOTAL IS NOW 929...WHICH IS 45 ABOVE NORMAL FOR
THE SEASON. THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT HAD 0 COOLING DEGREE DAYS FOR
NOVEMBER 2008...WHICH IS 1 COOLING DEGREE DAY BELOW NORMAL. THE
SEASON TOTAL IS 1218...WHICH IS 119 COOLING DEGREE DAYS ABOVE NORMAL
FOR THE SEASON.

WEATHER RECORDS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE NEAR JACKSON
KENTUCKY DATE BACK TO JANUARY 1ST 1981...WHILE CLIMATE RECORDS FOR
THE LONDON CORBIN AIRPORT BEGAN ON THE 11TH OF NOVEMBER 1954.

FOR MORE CLIMATE INFORMATION...

NOVEMBER 2008 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JACKSON AND LONDON.

AUTUMN 2008 CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JACKSON AND LONDON.

RECORD EVENT REPORT FOR LONDON.



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